United Airlines employees who have been granted religious exemptions for the company's recently-announced COVID-19 vaccine mandate
will be forced to take a temporary, unpaid leave of absence beginning October 2, according to a memo issued to airline staffers this week.
United Airlines did not specify a target date to lift the mandatory unpaid leave.
"Once the pandemic meaningfully recedes, you will be welcomed back to the team on active status, which may include other, safety-related workplace measures that do not exist today," the memo stated.
Employees who were denied approval for such accommodation are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within five weeks of the denial notice.
Unvaccinated employees who do not have an exemption and refuse to get their first shot by September 27 "will be separated from the company."
United Airlines will not institute temporary, unpaid leave for those with medical exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.